Celebrity chef can­cels deal for res­tau­rant in Trump’s new DC ho­tel

Cape Breton Post - - LIFESTYLES/ADVICE - BY BRETT ZONGKER WASHINGTON

Celebrity chef Jose An­dres backed out of plans Wed­nes­day to open a flag­ship res­tau­rant in Don­ald Trump’s new ho­tel un­der con­struc­tion in Washington.

An­dres, a Span­ish im­mi­grant, cited Trump’s state­ments “dis­parag­ing im­mi­grants” in his de­ci­sion to can­cel plans to open an eatery at the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel. An­dres is known for pop­u­lar­iz­ing the small dishes known as ta­pas in the United States.

Real es­tate mogul and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Trump said in a speech June 16 that some Mex­i­can im­mi­grants bring drugs and crime to the U.S., and some are rapists. Var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions are sev­er­ing re­la­tion­ships with Trump.

An­dres said Trump’s state­ments “make it im­pos­si­ble for my com­pany and I to move for­ward.” More than half of his team is His­panic, as are many of his res­tau­rant guests, the chef said.

“As a proud Span­ish im­mi­grant and re­cently nat­u­ral­ized Amer­i­can citizen my­self, I be­lieve that ev­ery hu­man be­ing de- serves re­spect, re­gard­less of immigration sta­tus,” An­dres said.

The new 270-room Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel is be­ing built in the his­toric Old Post Of­fice Pav­il­ion on Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue be­tween the White House and Capi­tol. It is slated to open in 2016 af­ter a $200 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment.

Don­ald Trump Jr., Trump’s son and a Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­ec­u­tive, is­sued a state­ment threat­en­ing le­gal ac­tion and noted that An­dres has a 10-year lease. The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion would seek to re­cover any un­paid rent for the full 10-year term, he said.

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